Getting Pregnant After Birth Control

by Emma on July 20, 2011

What are the challenges of getting pregnant after birth control? In this article we will be referring to the pill as a birth control method.
Most women spend a large part of their lives avoiding getting pregnant by taking the pill or other birth control method, but what happens with getting pregnant after birth control? What are the effects, if any, of the pill on your fertility?
The pill is a synthetic hormone that changes the cervical fluid to an infertile quality and alters the uterine lining. It works by preventing ovulation. Generally it will take a couple of days for the hormones from the pill to be out of your body after you stop taking it. Then your body will need to start to function on its own again, which will eventually result in ovulation.  If you want to get pregnant, the best time to stop taking the pill is when you finish the pack.
Every woman is different, for some it may take a few months to ovulate, while others might start ovulating within a couple of weeks after stopping taking the birth control. Usually, your body should be back to normal within two to three months after stopping the birth control, on average. Your regular period is often a sign that you are ovulating again. It is good to wait at least until you have one full natural period before you start trying to get pregnant after birth control.
In the past, the pills were composed with higher doses of hormones and it used to cause worries. Some women were worried that getting pregnant after birth control would be harmful for their developing babies. Today the hormones are lower.
The absence of a menstrual period after you stop the birth control is called “Post-pill amenorrhea”. It may happen to 1 in 30 women after they stop the pill. It will be difficult to know exactly if you’ve ovulated until you start menstruating regularly, unless you check for the signs of ovulation.
- Check your cervical mucus
- Check your basal body temperature
- Use an ovulation prediction-kit
If your menstrual period doesn’t return or if it is very irregular for several months, then you should see a doctor to discuss what to do next. It might be a sign that you have not started ovulating yet and it will make it more of a challenge to get pregnant after birth control.
Allow some time to prepare your body to get ready for pregnancy before you start trying to conceive. It is important that you make some lifestyle changes, such as having a healthy and balanced diet, stopping smoking, cutting down on alcohol and caffeine and getting fit. It is also important to start taking folic acid even before you start try getting pregnant.

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